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Subject[PATCH] dmaengine: Fix access to uninitialized dma_slave_caps
dmaengine_desc_set_reuse() allocates a struct dma_slave_caps on the
stack, populates it using dma_get_slave_caps() and then accesses one
of its members.

However dma_get_slave_caps() may fail and this isn't accounted for,
leading to a legitimate warning of gcc-4.9 (but not newer versions):

In file included from drivers/spi/spi-bcm2835.c:19:0:
drivers/spi/spi-bcm2835.c: In function 'dmaengine_desc_set_reuse':
>> include/linux/dmaengine.h:1370:10: warning: 'caps.descriptor_reuse' is used uninitialized in this function [-Wuninitialized]
if (caps.descriptor_reuse) {

Fix it, thereby also silencing the gcc-4.9 warning.

The issue has been present for 4 years but surfaces only now that
the first caller of dmaengine_desc_set_reuse() has been added in
spi-bcm2835.c. Another user of reusable DMA descriptors has existed
for a while in pxa_camera.c, but it sets the DMA_CTRL_REUSE flag
directly instead of calling dmaengine_desc_set_reuse(). Nevertheless,
tag this commit for stable in case there are out-of-tree users.

Fixes: 272420214d26 ("dmaengine: Add DMA_CTRL_REUSE")
Reported-by: kbuild test robot <>
Signed-off-by: Lukas Wunner <>
Cc: # v4.3+
include/linux/dmaengine.h | 5 ++++-
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/dmaengine.h b/include/linux/dmaengine.h
index 8fcdee1c0cf9..dad4a68fa009 100644
--- a/include/linux/dmaengine.h
+++ b/include/linux/dmaengine.h
@@ -1364,8 +1364,11 @@ static inline int dma_get_slave_caps(struct dma_chan *chan,
static inline int dmaengine_desc_set_reuse(struct dma_async_tx_descriptor *tx)
struct dma_slave_caps caps;
+ int ret;

- dma_get_slave_caps(tx->chan, &caps);
+ ret = dma_get_slave_caps(tx->chan, &caps);
+ if (ret)
+ return ret;

if (caps.descriptor_reuse) {
tx->flags |= DMA_CTRL_REUSE;

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